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My wife and I will be cruisng next year with our German Shepard. I was wondering if it is safe to let the dog swim in the ocean off of the boat. I don''t want to see him become lunch for a hungry shark or cudda. Thanks all !
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IF you do decide to try this, I would suggest a chest harness is mandatory for the pooch so that you can get him out of the water quickly and easily. We used to swim a friends golden retriever in the S.F. Bay without any tragedies but getting him back in the boat was a major hassle without a harness. Unless the ''Cuda''s are on steroids they will not mess with something this large but those other toothy critters are a different story !!
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Before you go out, teach the dog how to get back on the boat. Have a ladder down for him. If he realy likes to swim, then you won''t have any worries about him getting back on the boat.

Otherwise, have a life jacket on him. Dogs can swim, but not forever.

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Thanks for your reply. Are you telling me that our dog is in jepoardy while swimming more than us humans? Our dog likes water and will want to swim. My wife and I would hate to see him meet his end by a reef shark or similar sea creature. I''ve seen adventure documentaries on the Discovery Channel with a guy who has a dog that jumps out of the dinghy to swim sometimes a quarter mile to shore with no incident. Is he just lucky, or is he pushing his luck? Thanks!
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Dog''''s in the water...

I would say your dogs chances of getting bitten by something "toothy" are about the same as yours. In other words, your dog has a better chance of getting struck by lightning then bitten by a shark.

Dogs need PFD''s when swimming off a boat! When they start to get tired they just keep doing the doggie paddle since they can''t tread water or float. It will also make it easier to get them on board. You might even be able to rig the boom or use a davit to lift them aboard if you don''t have a walk through transom
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Rob''s right. The chances of him getting chomped are as even as yours.

The main thing is that you and yours can climb back on the boat, while the dog can''t. Have him in a vest, but also teach him how to get back aboard the boat on the ladder. A dog in the water can climb aboard a boat from a ladder - I''ve seen it in Naples and in Fort Lauderdale and in Key West. Teach him this to give you peace of mind, then go and have fun.

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